No Sugar Chocolate Fridge Cake


These delightful treats take me back to my childhood. There is something about the texture and flavor that reminds me of fridge cake. Did you ever make these as a kid? It was literally the only thing I could ‘bake’ successfully during primary school. And it didn’t involve an oven so my Mum was chilled with me exercising my independence.

I always craved sweet things (who didn’t at that age), but on a day when my sugar cravings were particularly strong, I would flip through the old recipe file. This file holds so much history and is filled with baking ingredient stained pages, some of which were typewritten. I used to love flipping through it and picking something I felt like making. Back to the fridge cake…this recipe traditionally involves tea biscuits, cocoa powder, powdered sugar, and butter. You know, all the good stuff.

So now 15 years, a few food allergies and much better baking skills later, I created a paleo version. BY ACCIDENT! Clearly I was channeling my 12 year old self. What I actually set out to make was paleo fudge. But then I got far too excited with the ingredients and it came out tasting splendid! But not fudge.

I chopped some dates and put them in a saucepan of simmering water. The dates soak up all the water and break down (with the help of a spoon) to form a paste.

The cacao nibs and shredded coconut got blitzed in the food processor until fine. I then added some tahini sesame butter (you can use any nut butter here). Then in went a fair amount of coconut oil to make a very silky paste. You could use dark chocolate or cacao powder instead of cacao nibs for this I’m sure! Use your baker’s intuition 😉


Date paste gets chucked into the processor as well to join the party. Then I let them dance around together until well combined and ready to put in a dish. Let them chill out in the fridge after the crazy processor party.

No Sugar Chocolate Fridge Cake
A treat that satisfies a sweet tooth and contains no dairy, no sugar and no grains!
  1. 100 g medjool dates pitted and chopped
  2. 150 ml water
  3. 1/2 cup coconut oil
  4. 30 g cacao nibs
  5. 4 Tbs coconut
  6. 1 Tbs nut butter
  7. 1 tsp vanilla essence
  1. Bring water to a simmer in a sauce pan
  2. Add chopped dates and let simmer and soak while breaking up the dates with a wooden spoon
  3. When the dates are softened and start forming a paste, turn off heat
  4. Continue breaking up the date mixture until a smooth paste is formed
  5. Put cacao nibs and coconut in a food processor and whiz until a fine soft texture
  6. Add the butter and whiz until well combined
  7. Add the date paste, coconut oil and vanilla essence and continue whizzing until smooth
  8. Place mixture into a medium sized dish and let sit in the refrigerator for 1-2 hours or until hard
  9. Cut into small squares
  1. Replace the cacao nibs with dark chocolate or cacao powder as you desire.
Fully Well By Mel
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